2011 New Mexico Bowl: Temple Owls Dominate In 37-15 Victory Over Wyoming Cowboys

The 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl has come to a completion with the Temple Owls picking up the 37-15 victory.

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Temple Vs Wyoming Final Score, 2011 New Mexico Bowl: Owls Cruise To 37-15 Victory Over Cowboys

For the first time in 32 years, the Temple Owls have won a bowl game, defeating the Wyoming Cowboys, 37-7, in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The only thing that could have made the day better for the Owls was a win by the basketball team. That didn't happen, as the Owls fell to Texas.

But the Owls were the dominant team in the New Mexico Bowl. Running back Bernard Pierce had 25 carries for 99 yards and two touchdown runs. He finishes the season with 27 rushing touchdowns. The question for Pierce to answer is if he will leave school early and enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Quarterback Chris Coyer had 70 yards on the ground and threw for 169 yards and a 61-yard touchdown pass.

Wyoming freshman quarterback Brett Smith had a tough day, throwing three interceptions. He finished the game with 96 passing yards and a team-high 65 rushing yards. He threw two touchdown passes, the second one coming on a 14-yard strike to Kody Sutton. Smith picked up the two-point conversion on the

Temple improved to 9-4 on the season while Wyoming comes in at 8-5.

For more on this game, visit MAC blog The Hustle Belt, Mountain West blog Mountain West Connection and Wyoming blog Cowboy Altitude. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football for more on the bowl season.

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2011 New Mexico Bowl Halftime Score, Temple Vs. Wyoming: Owls End 1st Half With 28-7 Lead

The Wyoming Cowboys are going to need a second half comeback to defeat the Temple Owls in the 2011 New Mexico Bow now that they are down 28-7 at halftime. The Cowboys and the Owls exchanged touchdowns within seconds of each other in the final minute of the first half.

Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith led the Cowboys on an 11-play, 62-yard drive that was capped with a 21-yard strike from Smith to Josh Dotson. However, on Temple's first play from the line of scrimmage on the next drive, quarterback Chris Coyer threw a deep pass to Rod Streater for a 61-yard touchdown pass.

Smith is 9-of-14 for 78 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions (the second one coming on the last play of the first half). He also leads the Cowboys with 55 rushing yards.

Temple running back Bernard Pierce scored the first two Owls touchdowns and has 12 carries for 53 yards. Temple has 278 total yards to Wyoming's 160.

For more on this game, visit MAC blog The Hustle Belt, Mountain West blog Mountain West Connection and Wyoming blog Cowboy Altitude. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football for more on the bowl season.

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Dave Christensen Agrees To Five-Year Extension With Wyoming Cowboys, According To Report

On the same day that the Wyoming Cowboys are set to face the Temple Owls in the 2011 New Mexico Bowl, the school had signed head coach Dave Christensen to a five-year contract extension, according to Eric Blumberg of KOMU.com.  Christensen has guided the Cowboys to its second bowl game in three years.

Christensen was hired from the Missouri Tigers in late 2008 after a stint as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at the school. He guided the Cowboys to a 7-6 record that included a 35-28 victory over the Fresno St. Bulldogs in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl.

Christensen was pursued by the Houston Cougars after head coach Kevin Sumlin left for the Texas A&M Aggies.

Two thousand nine was a step back for the Cowboys with a 3-9 record, but the team rebounded in 2010 with an 8-4 record heading into the 2011 New Mexico Bowl. A victory would give the Cowboys its best record since 1996 when the team went 10-2 as a member of the WAC.

For more on this game, visit MAC blog The Hustle Belt, Mountain West blog Mountain West Connection and Wyoming blog Cowboy Altitude. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football for more on the bowl season.

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2011 New Mexico Bowl Odds: Temple Vs Wyoming

When the college bowl season kicks off on Dec. 17, the Temple Owls and the Wyoming Cowboys will begin things with the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. With less than two weeks for both teams to prepare for the bowl game, the Owls opened as 7.5-point favorites over the Cowboys, according to Odds Shark. The line almost immediately dropped a half of a point, but Temple is the strong favorite in this game.

The Cowboys do have a tough task ahead of them. The Temple defense allows the third fewest points at the FBS level with 13.8 points surrendered. And the Temple offense averages 30.1 points this season. Now, we could write that off as just Temple being part of the MAC, but we shouldn't sleep on such MACtion.

The over/under for this game opened at 46.5 points and moved to 47 shortly thereafter. Wyoming scores and allows 27 points this season. The final score will probably hit the over.

For more on this game, visit MAC blog The Hustle Belt, Mountain West blog Mountain West Connection and Wyoming blog Cowboy Altitude. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football for more on the bowl season.

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